The investigation into Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri’s comments towards Inter boss Roberto Mancini has began after a night of controversy in the Coppa Italia.
During a touchline confrontation late in the game, Mancini alleges that Sarri launched homophobic abuse at him.
After the match FIGC prosecutors began an investigation into Sarri’s comments, taking witness accounts from the Biscione coach and the fourth official as well as a television technician working nearby. Referee Paolo Valeri was not attending to the technical area when the comments were made, so will not be interviewed.
If the Napoli boss is found to have made comments that breach Article 11 of the FIGC conduct, related to discriminatory behavior that directly or indirectly causes offense to, among others, race and gender, then he will be charged.
Article 11 states that a minimum suspension of four months will be dished out to offenders, along with a possible fine between €15,000 and €30,000 in extreme cases.
Indeed, the former Empoli man may not be helped by previous charges after similar potentially homophobic comments were made after the Tuscan side beat Varese in Serie B back in 2014, an incident where Sarri was fined for misconduct towards opposition fans rather than his post-match outburst.